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PostSubject: Unusual structures   Unusual structures EmptySat 12 Aug 2017, 15:59

The Trinity Bridge at Crowland in the Fens of eastern England is certainly unusual. I was in the village recently after having first visited about 40 years ago:

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Built in the 14th century it crossed 2 confluent channels of the River Welland as a three-way bridge. Subsequent river straitening, canal digging and dyke draining works in the 17th and 18th centuries diverted the river meaning that the bridge no longer crosses any channel of water and so is now dry and essentially redundant. Being a mediaeval stone bridge, a pedestrian bridge, a three-way bridge and now a dry bridge makes it not only unusual but possibly unique.


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PostSubject: Re: Unusual structures   Unusual structures EmptySat 12 Aug 2017, 20:24

@Vizzer wrote:
The Trinity Bridge at Crowland in the Fens of eastern England is certainly unusual. I was in the village recently after having first visited about 40 years ago:

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Built in the 14th century it crossed 2 confluent channels of the River Welland as a three-way bridge. Subsequent river straitening, canal digging and dyke draining works in the 17th and 18th centuries diverted the river meaning that the bridge no longer crosses any channel of water and so is now dry and essentially redundant. Being a mediaeval stone bridge, a pedestrian bridge, a three-way bridge and now a dry bridge makes it not only unusual but possibly unique.


Vizzer,

unusual mediëval bridges of Europe, some examples...

Ponte Vecchio
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ponte-Vecchio-Florence-Italy

Le pont d'Avignon

http://www.francethisway.com/places/avignon-bridge.php



Pont Valentré Cahors
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pont-valentre


Kind regards from Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: Unusual structures   Unusual structures EmptyWed 16 Aug 2017, 14:18

The tiny church at Bremilham near Malmesbury is the smallest in Britain.  An annual service is held on Rogation Sunday.

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PostSubject: Re: Unusual structures   Unusual structures EmptyWed 16 Aug 2017, 14:24

The Electric Brae in Ayrshire.

Due to an optical illusion, a cyclist or vehicle can appear to be free-wheeling uphill.

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PostSubject: Re: Unusual structures   Unusual structures EmptyFri 18 Aug 2017, 07:23

In New Zealand we have the Bridge to Nowhere.  Not an unusual structure in itself but with no roads leading to it.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_to_Nowhere_(New_Zealand)
It is part of The Forgotten Highway, a road in Taranaki, that isn't really forgotten at all, just a little remote.  Quite a tourist attraction, really.  It has a town which calls itself a republic with its own mayor (once a dog), though it does not have an official mayor.  They are reserved for bigger areas.

 

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Credit: Photo/bridge-nowhere, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage):'The ‘Bridge to Nowhere’', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/pe), updated 8-Oct-2014


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PostSubject: Re: Unusual structures   Unusual structures EmptyTue 31 Jul 2018, 12:14

@Caro wrote:
In New Zealand we have the Bridge to Nowhere. Not an unusual structure in itself but with no roads leading to it.

Another white elephant is the Golghar in Patna, India:

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A giant granary designed by the East India Company engineer John Garstin in the 1780s. Its construction was prompted following the Bengal famine of the 1770s. It was, however, never filled to capacity and didn’t prevent further famines as had been intended.
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